There are a lot of different treatments for varicose veins available on today’s market. The vast majority of these treatments use heat or a chemical substance to forcibly kill the problematic vein. While these methods are effective, they can be slightly uncomfortable and not every patient is a good candidate for them.
Luckily, VenaSeal is another widely used, effective treatment that is available. Unlike other treatments, VenaSeal does not rely on causing direct damage to the vein. It instead depends on using a medical-grade adhesive to forcibly close the diseased vein.
In practice, this approach has the same effect as any of the other treatments without the possibility of accidentally causing excess damage to the surrounding areas. It was approved by the FDA in 2015 and has been helping countless patients solve their vein issues since.
Varicose veins are caused by a breakdown in the healthy cardiovascular process. As the heart pumps blood throughout the body, it falls onto other muscles to return deoxygenated blood back through the heart.
When a vein cannot push blood back up in the typical way, the blood collects in the problematic vein, forming a bulging appearance on the skin. This is how varicose veins are formed. Unfortunately, little can be done to make the vein strong enough to correctly return the blood that passes through it; the only option is to kill the vein and reroute the blood flow.
This is where VenaSeal comes in — as a reliable method of vein closure and blood flow rerouting. We need VenaSeal because, frankly, there are very few other solutions that are as safe and effective at treating varicose veins.
If you are looking to smooth and improve the appearance of varicose veins and would like to avoid methods like heat and chemicals, you are likely going to be a candidate for VenaSeal treatment. There are some patients who might be ineligible based on preexisting conditions (predisposition to acute inflammation or infection), but the only way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation at our Manhattan office.
VenaSeal can help you solve any bulging, swelling, throbbing, pain, itching or discomfort caused by varicose veins. It can help you improve your leg’s natural, smooth appearance, so you no longer have to feel self-conscious about your aesthetics.
It prevents thermal nerve injuries and causes less pain and bruising than heat treatments despite having a significantly lighter recovery period. The final result is extremely flexible and prevents any lifestyle or exercise limitations.
The first step in any treatment process is to have a consultation with Advanced Varicose Veins. During this appointment, Dr. Lev will conduct a thorough physical examination of the area that is to be treated, fully review your medical history and listen intently to what you are hoping to achieve with VenaSeal treatment.
After these steps have been taken, Dr. Lev will let you know if VenaSeal is the best treatment to meet your goals. If there is a different procedure that is better suited to your condition, we will let you know all of your options.
Together, the two of you will develop a treatment plan, and you will be given a set of instructions to follow as you get closer to your procedure day. It is important to follow Dr. Lev’s instructions since they will make sure your VenaSeal treatment goes smoothly and safely.
VenaSeal can be performed entirely in the office, which means you won’t need to worry about early appointments at a surgical center or hospital. You will not need to undergo general anesthesia, and the amount of local anesthetic that is required is typically very minor as well. (Although we usually still provide some just to ease any possible discomfort.)
Once the anesthetic has taken effect, a small cannula is inserted into the leg. This is typically performed through a point near the ankle. Using ultrasound technology to guide him, Dr. Lev threads the cannula into the affected vein.
Small amounts of VenaSeal solution are then dispersed into the vein, and Dr. Lev will apply gentle pressure directly to the vein by pressing down on the skin’s surface. This ensures that the vein is properly closing and that you get the results you desire.
You will be allowed to drive yourself to and from the procedure since it is considered minimally invasive, and you will not need to worry about extended procedure times.
VenaSeal has an extremely short recovery period. You can return to your usual activities immediately, but we do recommend that you take a break from highly strenuous activities until you have been cleared by Dr. Lev. (This process usually takes between five and seven days.)
You may experience some slight soreness, discomfort, pain, redness, swelling, or bruising at the insertion point location. These symptoms are incredibly mild, can be managed well with over-the-counter medication and dissipate rapidly over the first few days.
You will likely be told to wear compression garments to prevent excessive swelling and will need to come to several follow-up appointments to ensure that you are healing correctly.
VenaSeal has more than a 90% success rate in patients three years after treatment. Because of this statistic and how easy of a procedure it is, VenaSeal has become one of the most popular options for addressing varicose veins.
VenaSeal was designed to be long-lasting by polymerizing with the bloodstream, creating a stable and sturdy long-term seal on the targeted vein. Our patients report experiencing a robust improvement in their self-confidence and the appearance of their varicose veins.
VenaSeal can cost anywhere between $2,500 and $3,500, depending on your unique needs and conditions. While there are some practices out there that claim to provide comparable results for a fraction of what other practitioners are charging, you should keep in mind that the cost of your procedure is directly related to your physician’s expertise, experience and education.
VenaSeal in New York
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Lev to learn more about how VenaSeal can help you, give our office a call at (646) 580-4968. Alternatively, you could fill out our online contact form, and one of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible.